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Dr. Tesa E. Leonce

Dr. Tesa E. Leonce

Associate Professor

Office: 2841 - Coleman Hall; Hours: MWF 2pm - 3:30pm
Phone: 217-581-7794
Email: tleonce@eiu.edu

My passion for Economics stemmed from an enlightening experience in an economics course completed as part of my undergraduate studies.  Students, the same could be true for you!  Welcome to the wonderful world of Economics, and I look forward to discussing with you opportunities to pursue an amazing academic and professional career in the field.  Colleagues, feel free to contact me to explore avenues to collaborate on projects and conduct exciting research in the field.


Frequently Taught Courses

Intermediate Microeconomics; ECN 4802                             
Pop Culture Economics;  EIU  4115                                          
Government and Business; ECN 3880                 
Industrial Organization; ECN 3780                  
Graduate Industrial Organization; ECN 5480                  
Study Abroad, Barbados; STA 3970                   
Principles of Microeconomics; ECN 2802                  
Principles of Macroeconomics; ECN 2801


2008                Ph.D., Economics
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
2002                Bachelor of Business Administration,
                          Finance / Business Computer Information Systems,
                          Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas

Professional Organizations

Amerian Economics Association
Southern Economics Association
Missouri Valley Economics Association
Sigma Xi National Scientic Research Society

Selected Publications

Leonce, T.(2013), “A Differential Game Model of Incentive-based Student Recruitment, Retention,
and Faculty Engagement in Higher Education.  International Journal of Education Economics and Development. 4(1) pp 20-35.
Abou-Zaid, A., Leonce, T. (2013) Religious Pluralism, Yet a Homogeneous Stance on Interest-Rate Financing. Contemporary Economics. Forthcoming
Leonce, T. (2013).  A Dynamic Model of Sustainable Tourism and Trade.  < Submitted to Southern Economic Journal>.  Status: Revise & Resubmit

Working Papers:

Leonce, T.; Gwatipedza, J. (2012).  The Vulnerability of Developing Countries to Financial Crises: The Case of South Africa.  <
Submitted to Journal of Economics>. Status: Under Review

Leonce, T.E., Shogren, J.F., 2011 “Natural Resource Conservation and Profit-sharing in Coral Markets”
Leonce, T.E., 2010 “The Healthcare-Economic Development Nexus: The Private-Public Mix”

Leonce, T.E., 2004 “Avoiding the Poverty Trap; Mitigating Attempts of Population Controls and their Impact on Human Capital Investment and Economic Growth”
Leonce, T.E., 2002 - Research contribution to a Book Chapter: Barbier, Edward, 2005 “Natural Resources and Economic Development” Cambridge University Press

Selected Conference Presentations

2013, October 17 – 19; Missouri Valley Economics Association Conference, Kansas City, MO; Presenter, Chair, Discussant

2012, October 25 – 27; Missouri Valley Economics Association Conference, Memphis, TN; Presenter, Chair, Discussant
2012, January 5 – 8; Allied Association of Social Sciences, Chicago, IL; Participant
2011, November 19 – 21; Southern Economic Association Conference, Washington D.C.; Presenter, Discussant, Education / Industrial Organization
2010, October 28 – 30; Missouri Valley Economics Association Conference, St. Louis, MO; Presenter, Chair, and Discussant, Topics: “Health care-Economic Development Nexus”
2010, March 19-21; Midwest Economics Association Meeting, Evanston, IL; Presenter, Discussant,
“Health care-Economic Development Nexus”
2009, November 19 – 22; International Lilly Conference on College Teaching – “Evidence-Based
Learning”, Discussant
2009, October 25 – 27; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (National) Assessment
Institute, Discussant
2009, March 20-22; Midwest Economics Association Meeting, Cleveland, OH; Presenter,
Discussant, Conservation Incentives in Coral Markets”
2008, November 21 – 23; Southern Economic Association Conference, Washington D.C.; Discussant, Industrial Organization: Wal-Mart and Urban Food-At-Home Markets
2008, October 23 – 25; Missouri Valley Economics Association Conference, St. Louis, MO; Presenter and Discussant, Topic: “Conservation Incentives in Coral Markets”; Debates and Dialogues in the Classroom
2008, March 14 – 16; Midwest Economics Association Meeting, Chicago, IL; Chair and Discussant – Session Topics: “Economics of Child Health”, “Fertility and Birth”
2007, October 25 – 27; Missouri Valley Economics Association Conference, Kansas City, MO; Presenter, Topic: “A General Equilibrium Model of Ecotourism and Trade; The Renewable Resource – Loving it to death”
2007, October 5; Fall Classic Institute, Charleston, IL; Presenter - Topic: “Promoting Ecotourism – Case Study: Caribbean and Coral Reefs”

Funding & Grants

Summer Research and Creative Activity Grant, 2010
College of Sciences Early Support Research Grant 2007 - 2012


Campus Community Involvement

2013/14   Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Economics (Interim), Eastern Illinois University
2010/13   Faculty Senator, Eastern Illinois University
2012/13    President, Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society
2011/12    Vice President, Sigma Xi National Scientific Research Society
2011          Academic Director, Abbey Road Programs - Stanford University, CA
2010/11    Faculty Mentor, Eastern Illinois University
2009/11    Vice Chair, International Education Council, Eastern Illinois University
2009 / 11  Member, International Scholarship Committee, Eastern Illinois University
2009/11    Faculty Fellow Team Captain, Carman Residence Hall, Eastern Illinois University
2006/7      Faculty Associate, Upward Bound, TRIO Programs, University of Wyoming
2004          Co-Director,Resident Life, Upward Bound, TRIO Programs, University of Wyoming
2003          Team Leader, Upward Bound, TRIO Programs, University of Wyoming


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